Not satisfied with simply being one of the best pitchers in baseball, Indians ace Corey Kluber is also working on his Rust Cohle impression for a “True Detective” audition video:
On a related note: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com wrote an excellent, detailed article about how exactly Kluber turned into one of the elite starters in the league after being a relative unknown just a couple years ago.
The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.
Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.
The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.